this, anybody else to keep our eye on besides the patriots? >> i saw a team today, the cincinnati bengals, all right, no one is talking about them. they won their fifth straight game today, it was an outstanding effort and bengals might be a surprise team. look at this, and always to talk about and pete, good to see you and how fox reports sunday 22nd, 2012 and thanks for watching the huckabee with guest host dana perino starts in two seconds, have a great week. >> tonight on huckabee. >> i believe both parties can and will work together in the coming weeks to get that done. >> the president says he wants to make a deal, but republicans say he won't budge. >> and on small businesses instead ever taking the balanced approach and also cut spending is among. >> is the president serious about cutting spending and avoiding the fiscal cliff? congressman allen west respon responds. >> and-- >> and owed the insurance
companies $150, what can we do with that. >> they've lost their homes, businesses and sense of security. is help on the way? victims of superstorm sandy. >> and how can republicans attract hispanic voters? and a look ahead who could throw their hat in the ring for 2016. ladies and gentlemen, our guest host tonight, dana perino. [applaus [applause] >> and i'm dana perino and i want to thank governor huckabee for inviting me to guest host it week while he's out on tour. it's been almost a month since the presidential election and about half the country remains elated, vindicated triumphant. they voted for president obama and are walking on cloud nine. the other half, well, not so much. they are confused, despondent, even sleepless, they wonder if
the whole nation has gone quite mad and want to return it common sense not another four years on fantasy island. now, we're taught as kids to be good sportsmen, not to gloat after winning, to give the other side a high five and say good game. have we seen much of that from the winners since november 6th? nope. but no matter, being a good sport means not just being a gracious winner, it means being a good-spirited loser, even when it's hard to feel that way. half an election, the losing party must ask, what went wrong, why didn't people come out to vote. but enough self-flangelation, it's time to get up and dust ourselves off and walk to midfield, give them the high five they deserve and get to work. what is the alternative? anger? sadness? depression? that's no way to live and it's certainly no way to win an argument, let alone future election. so, what now? it's not time to change principles, the values that's
individual liberty, personal responsibility and the ability to move up the ladder if you work hard and take a risk, those are timeless values. what's holding people back and weighing down americans of every race, creed and religion is an insatiable government spending machine whose leaders aren't tack-- and the leaders aren't tackling the hard truth that we heard so much about in the campaign. i believe that political revenge is a terrible way to lead the country. good policy is made by dealing in fact, setting goals, and taking gold action. anyone elected to office has a way to weigh the evidence and explain the votes and hold them to the standard worthy of their offices. remember n2004, the democrats were wringing their hands and george w. bush won with a higher popular vote total than in 2000 and he had increased the republican majorities in the house, and the senate. the first time a president had done that since fdr. and yet, the democrats came back to win the house in 2006.
the presidency, the house and the senate in 2008. and there have been wild swings from one election to the next and there will be again, but don't go wobbly now, instead, go boldly forward to explain why you are right because i believe you are (applause) >> thanks, all right. instead of working with congress face-to-face to save the economy, president obama is trying to get his way by doing what he does best, campaigning, and making speeches about the fiscal cliff despite knowing that deadline was looming, the president never presented a plan until this week and the reception on capitol hill was, to say the least, chilly. senator mcconnell even laughed at the proposal when it was presented to him. joining me now, florida congressman allen west. colonel, thanks so much for being here. >> thanks, thanks for having me, dana.
[applause]. >> what was your reaction when you finally saw what the president was putting on the table? >> well, i was in complete shock because it really has nothing to do with reality. when you look at the president's proposal to raise 1.6 trillion in new taxes, he wants 50 billion more in stimulus spending, he continues to want to extend the 99 weeks of unemployment benefits which will be another 30 billion per year and also, the other thing that was very troubling was that the president wants his own control of raising the debt ceiling. so, i don't think we have a president that is serious about getting our debt under control and getting our deficit, which the federal government spending under control, especially when you understand that we have fha in trouble, we have the post office in trouble, we continue to get closer to this incredible fiscal cliff. and i think that the president should take a case study analysis and look at what president calvin coolidge did and president jfk did, john f. kennedy did when they went in and lowered tax rates and you increase revenues which is exactly what we're talking
about. >> were you-- did you feel like it was a bait and switch from president obama from what you'd heard about in the campaign and light on the details, but that's one of the things i've heard from members of congress that they thought, wait a second, that's not at all what you thought was going to happen. >> yeah, you're absolutely right. what you see happening right now, dana, is really the art of politics, versus the science of good policy and i think we need to move away from campaign mode and we need to do the things that are going to stimulate economic growth and wealth expansion, not wealth distribution, when the president continues to be focused on the wealth distribution politics, which is something that president thomas jefferson talked against and also, abraham lincoln, we're going to continue to see greater problems with our economy, more people push toward food stamps, more people pushed towards poverty and our unemployment situation is going to get worse and we have seen that recently with some of the numbers, the weekly job claims numbers coming out. >> one of the things that has
been a part of this debate and really has been something that's been talked about since the carter administration, is the need to reform entitlements, to make sure that, for example, social security could be set on a path so that it could be available to children and grandchildren being born today. and it seems to me though, congressman that maybe entitlements is not even going to be a part of the discussion, but do you think it should be? >> well, it has to be. and it's very troubling, once again, when the president is demanding all of these things, as far as the expansion of government, and the increase of tax rates, but he's not talked about the true drivers of our debt and our deficits, which is 62% on the spending side and the social security, medicare and medicaid. we have to did something with social security and medicare headed towards insolvency, we have to get americans back to work. continuing to extend the payroll tax fund which is nothing more than the defunding of social security and since we started that bad
policy of the payroll tax cut, we've seen social security run a deficit and then with medicare, when you see about the american people paying about on average, 110 to 115 billion, i mean, million per year, beginning something, 300 million, i'm sorry, $300,000 of benefits over the course of their life, we have to do something about this fee for service program and get to a defined benefit and so we have to reform and protect and preserve the mandatory spending programs. >> one of the things i think you're best at, one of the communicators of the republican party, what do you tell people who feel they have been promised something, and paid into it and are worried about what either the ramps or democrats night do in congress that would put their security in jeopardy? >> well, first and foremost, we're not talking about making any change for our current seniors or even those who are about ten years from going in, but we have to do something for someone like myself who is 51 or else the programs are not going to be there because realize that we're talking about, about ten to 12 more
years of solvency, between social security and medicare. so, we have to be adults. we have to be leaders, and say, we have a problem, we have to bring viable solutions to the american people for our future generations. >> sir, we're grateful that you joined us this afternoon, thank you, congressman west. >> a pleasure, thank you. [applause]. >> all right. this week, one of mitt romney's senior campaign strategists said they should have done a better job reaching out to hispanic voters and who do they do that in future campaigns. i'm going to ask mike gonzalez of the heritage foundation. >> and i'd like to hear from you, sign up for my facebook page and follow me on twitter. find a link to that and more at mikehuckabee.com. [ male announcer ] red lobster's crabfest ends soon.
than george w. bush got in 2004. and g.o.p. has to figure out a way to reach latinos for the election. and joining me, it's a pleasure here to have you here. [applause]. >> i've known you for a few years and i realize i don't know the answer to my first question, which is what is your first political memory in your history? >> well, first of all, thank you for inviting me here, it's a great honor. obviously, my first memory would be being in cuba, they're really bad memories of immense government that did not allow any room for private, for civil, for civil society, for private action, for individuals. but i carry that with me or with remembering how evil big government is. >> how did that form your personal philosophy and you've done a lot of studies and you think that there is a short, medium and long-term way for conservatives to reach out to latinos. so, it will me about that personal philosophy and how
you think that short and medium term goals would be accomplished? >> well, obviously, having seen communism from the very start as a kid, you get to know, you understand how bad big government is. so, the first thing, with regard to hispanics and the conservative message, i think the first thing we ought to do short-term is stop using harsh language. that could be done right away. and it's a-- i understand why many conservatives, especially when it comes to illegal immigration, use harsh language and they like fair play, like the rule of low and don't like when they violate or break the law. but the harsh tones are very damaging and the second thing, reach out actively and the conservatives need to reach out to hispanics and help them connect the dot between the policies for who voted for romney and barack obama and
how they're decimating the families and throwing the kids into nonperforming schools, dangers on performing schools controlled by the teachers unions. the long game, which is a lot harder to implement is to reform the single leading institutions in the country. but you don't think that government necessarily should be the entity that is doing the teaching of the english language or helping in the assimilation? it used to be done a lot at churches. >> that's the thing, i think that liberals and especially president obama does a lot of harm when they talk about community as being government led, as being something that government implements. that's not the traditional american views. the traditional american views are voluntary organizations and faith-based, pta, scouts, the church, that help the community. help us be self-relines and it doesn't mean you're on your own, it means that we as individuals reach out to our neighbors by voluntary association and help out ourselves when we need help. and that needs to be taught
again. >> let me ask you, in the last remaining seconds that we have here, in 2007, i was in the white house then and probable tried to get the comprehensive immigration bill done, but senator harry reid put the final stake when he that went away and calls for a chance at doing immigration reform. what do you think the chances are on the hill? >> i'm very happy you bring back our history because it really shows the hipocracy taking place. >> yeah. >> senator reid and then senator barack obama was against president bush's reform, in the bush administration. it showed they want to use it as a wedge issues, separating conservatives with hispanics and they're not interested in real reform. they haven't done it. right now the mouse controlled by the g.o.p. has passed now the stem act. >> and helps to bring scientists and technology, engineers, and stands for comprehensive reform like a bigger and broader bill? i'm skeptical. >> i'm skeptical and i'm not
sure we do comprehensive well. what we don't need is obamacare for administration, something on pins and needles. our government does not do comprehensive well. >> he encourage you to watch mike gonzalez if you're interested about this, and assimilation. thank you for being here. >> thank you for having me here. [applause] >> who are the frontrunners to battle it out for the white house in 2016? believe it or not, some potential candidates are already doing some planning. we're going to have an early forecast from doug schoen and peggy noonan next. [applause]. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth.
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about 2016 and the likely candidates, assistant speech writer for ronald reagan peggy noonan and former advisor to president clinton doug schoen. everybody. [applause] >> this is a very special day for me. i wanted to make a point to peggy, people ask me how did you get to be press secretary and i actually point back to one book i read in 1994 when i became press secretary on the hill and it was yours, what i saw at the revolution. >> oh, my goodness. >> changed my life and gave me confidence to be a conservative woman. >> thank you for that. >> oh, my goodness, thank you. [applaus [applause] >> okay. am i crazy? it is not too early to start thinking about who is going to run in 2016, doug? >> absolutely not. with marco rubio, i think going to terry branstead's birthday party in the caucus
in iowa, i think the senator-- given the financial and political, organizational challenges involved it's almost imperative, dana, if you run, you begin this soon. >> and maybe start before four years out having to run for other offices and peggy, what goes through somebody's mind? what is the process that you think about, wow, you really could be president. that's a big leap and how, what's the process that you go through individually and then maybe with your family? >> well, yes, it's a big imaginatively-- to imagine yourself as president, i think the first thing you have to do right about now or even before now is think, do i have the right stuff? can i do this? do my spouse and my children, are they, a, people who, who can accept this and tolerate this and b, could they really accept it and tolerate it, meaning can they do what they think they can? it's such a grueling thing to
run for president, you have to talk to yourself in a way about can i take constant media scrutiny, a constant pounding from the media? so, all of that sort of has to go into the mix and then you have to think, maybe, am i crazy enough to do this? >> so, let's talk about the elephant in the room. >> sure. >> it's hillary clinton, everybody, everybody is on hold until they find out what is she going to do? i heard today some of the other potential democratic candidates are having some trouble finding consultants or people to work on exploratory committees until they find out what she's going to do. what do you think. >> i think that's right. i think there are a couple of bottom lines. and first the nomination is hillary clinton's if she wants it, now, she's going to take a year or two deciding, but my best guess is given she ran in '08 and came so close and certainly wanted to be president, that she will in fact do it and if she does, i believe she'll get the democratic nomination and be a formidable candidate.
>> what about on the other side, if you're a republican thinking about running? who, does anyone stand out in your mind at this point out of the pack, the sort of issue suspects, we could talk about a few of them. there's rubio and there's others, and chris christie might be one although some people might disagree with that. >> and jeb bush, in fact, there's a very deep bench, i think, on the republican side. there's a lot of people who will be possible, and who will want to come forward. it might be-- it's possible 2016 will turn into quite a fracus on the republican side and a stately walking towards the coronation on the democratic side. i mean, i say that within the context of knowing that four years of history can turn any number of things on their head. >> what about a third party candidate possibility? earlier this year, gallup said only 30% of people said they were democrats, 30% republican, the rest were
independent. is the country ripe for a third party candidate? >> the country is ripe and i've worked on those efforts myself and seen the response that the electorate offers in polls and real world activities to that. there's a problem. the electoral system in this country makes it extremely difficult for third party candidates to emerge. at the same time, and peggy's written compellingly and convincingly about this, there is so much dissatisfaction in the electorate towards both sides that there's an equally great desire for alternatives to emerge, particularly in my view in the center. >> great transition to my next question. does somebody who would consider running for office in 2016, do they have to be in politics now? could someone from the business world emerge and get it done? >> wilkey in 1940, that sort of character, who was a republican businessman, it is possible, if the era we're living in has told us anything, it's that anything
is possible, but i would tend to think the nominees would come from the political, professional class. >> because part of the thing is the fund raising. you saw president obama raise 2 billion dollars and mitt romney was not far behind that, is it possible, doug, to figure out an established an infrastructure to raise the money you need to run the campaign. >> peggy is right, there's a possibility and the electorate embracing wilkey or even a ross perot type figure, but to raise the money, to put together the political structure and to have the energy to do what's necessary in a campaign, dana, it's very hard for somebody who's never been in the process and you've seen it firsthand, you know how tough toss, tough for somebody with no experience to come in and do it. >> okay, thank you both. compelling and convincing, doug and peggy. thank you so much. [applause].
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>> live from america's news headquarters, i'm harris falkner. the debate goes on to keep our nation from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. the deadline now less than a month away. treasury secretary tim geithner saying it's up to republican lawmakers to make the next move to prevent mandatory tax hikes and spending cuts. and house speaker john boehner say republicans have a plan that would provide as much as 800 billion dollars in new revenue over the next decade. they might also consider eliminating tax deductions on high income earners. a third powerful storm hitting northern california and the pacific northwest in less than a week. wicked weather causing flooding with rain falling at
the rate of an inch per hour at times. 100,000 people at this point have lost power and people say the damage was not as bad as they thought it would be. more rain expected. i'm harris falkner, now, let's get you back to huckabee. ♪ >> when he i was white house press secretary, afaced a roomful of reporters on a daily basis so i'm used to getting tough questions, been a while since you've been grilled on stage, but since i'm guest hosting for governor huckabee in front of a studio audience and i can't play a bass guitar, i can take questions from the audience and the only thing that seems to be missing is helen thomas who use today sit in the front row and she and i were good friends, believe it or not. [applause] >> hit me with your best shot, what you got? who is first. >> i'm richard from dallas, an easy one for you, you're such an obviously lovely intelligent nice person, is it
difficult to tolerate bob beckel every day on "the five"? >> very. let me tell you something about bob. he and i used to take the train back and forth when we were commuting before we moved up to new york. we were in d.c. and go back together on the train on friday night and we got to know each other very well and he is a lovely, generous person. and i'll tell you, there was nobody nicer and kinder to me on election night when the republicans lost so badly and and i were sitting together when megan and bret were having the panel and look over at him during the commercial break and say, bob, it's really bad and he looked over, and said you'll be all right, kid. he was so kind and never gloated and bob beckel is one of the best friends i've ever had. [applaus [applause] >> and just don't tell him that. >> dana, i'm jeff snyder and came from east tennessee to be here. >> dana: wow, thanks. >> ask this question. you were with be president
bush in iraq during the shoe altercation. i heard that you got hurt during that. ; is that true >> yes. >> tell me what happened. >> it is and i think i deserve a little recognition for that. (laughter) (applaus (applause) >> so, i think we have video from then. they're telling me he now they have the video because people play it all the time and show president bush, what happened was we were at the press conference in iraq and this terrorist posing as a journalist and i kind of stepped on it. when you see the tall secret service agent that rushes to the president, what happened was he was behind me and the interpreter was next to me when he lunged to get the president the steel arm of the boom mic caught me here and hurt so bad and when all that have chaos was happening, i believed it was a distraction for a bomb, just because it was my thought process and i thought, here we go, but thankfully it wasn't as serious as all that and i got
out of the room and later on, president bush found me and he said, i saw you crying, but i thought you were crying because the guy threw a shoe at me. (laughter) >> and i said, well, i grew up in wyoming and i'm a little tougher than that. and so, i finished the last six weeks of the the bush administration with a big black eye. yeah, kind of perfect. do you know dierks bentley in tennessee? you do? oh, okay. well i'm going to get your number. okay. >> and love you on "the five". >> great, thanks. >> at the white house when you were responding to reporters, were you limited by what was discussed prior to the press conference or were you given a leeway to discuss certain it how you wanted to? >> it was the most empowering job i ever had because president bush had to trust me implicitly to speak on his behalf. people would ask me sometimes how did you stay so calm at the podium. i said it was like a duck,
right? above water, everything looks very calm and underneath you're paddling furiously to stay afloat. but all you have as a press secretary is your integrity. the most important thing for anyone who wants to be press secretary, young ladies if you're out there and you want to do this one day, you have to be the most prepared person in the room. and another thing, what you see every day is the press secretary defending the president, okay? that's only 50% of the job. the other 50% is defending the press to the president or senior staff. because we are founded on the first amendment. we have to have a free press. they are our representatives, they are supposed to ask the tough questions of our government and i walked in there every day, respecting and having read everything that they had done, even if i disagreed with it, but there was a two way street of respect and you do get a lot of leeway, but the only thing you have is integrity so you better get your answers right. if you don't know the right answer, don't fudge it, don't try to say what you know because you're going to have to backtrack it later.
i always tried-- i would always imagine if president bush were watching me right now would he be proud. if the answer was no, i swallowed it and i didn't say it, especially because sarcasm is the easiest thing to do at the podium and usually the worst thing when you hear it later. >> i'm donna from maryland, what was the most difficult or challenging event you had to deal with as white house press secretary. >> actually when i was the deputy. one day president bush decided to visit wounded warriors at bethesda naval and where some of our most wounded were taken care of and we went to visit the first person, first soldier and he had not opened his eyes in two weeks after his hum-vee had been hurt and his parents were there and his little boy and when we got there the president said, what's the prognosis, we don't know because he's not opened his eyes and not communicated with him, but his family here, little boy five years old and the president had the military aide read the purple heart citation and the little boy asked president obama what's a purple heart so he got down on
his knee and explaining what it was, and right it then the soldier's eyes opened and the medical team started to rush towards the bed, and the naval officer said, no, i think he wants the president and president bush then walked around the side of the bed, and held the soldier's face in his hands and touched his forehead to his and said, read it again and we sat at attention, stood at attention and watched as-- i watched as president bush cried about that and i'm not sad, it wasn't the hardest thing for me because of president bush, but it was something that taught me that none ever us will ever know what it is like to be a commander-in-chief from either party that has to make a decision to send somebody into harm's way, a young man or woman in america. and that really changed my life. [applaus [applause] >> and i love your show on "the five". >> great. you and greg gut great chemistry, was it always
like that from beginning. >> greg and i have great chemistry and never met before "the five", and he tells me he saw me and asked me he to do his show red eye and i brushed him off. he's a talent and comic genius and the brother i never wanted (laughter) all right. thanks everybody. [applause] >> well, good. very good. all right, earlier this week, senators from new york and new jersey, they met with administration officials demanding 80 billion dollars in federal funds to pay for the damage caused by super storm sandy. coming up a group of people who say those funds cannot come soon enough. they've lost everything and they need help right away. (applause). breathe, and how that feels. copd includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva helps control my copd symptoms by keeping my airways open for 24 hours. plus, it reduces copd flare-ups.
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we are the people, we're the middle class. >> red cross and get a hot meal and we, we help each other, and that's what we want to do. we need their support. >> they're come giving us the same food over and over, same water and blankets, we don't need blankets. we don't need stage three and four we need money to rebuild. i cannot pay my bills with a blanket. >> in our audience is a group of victims from one of the area's hardest hit by sandy, staten island. and the residents, pete and his wife jennifer survived the 9/11 attacks in new york and is an iraq war veteran at home he shares with his wife and two young children was swept away in sandy and alison's home on staten island was demolished and he lost his home and his restaurant business. we're honored that you made
time today. [applause] >> pete and jennifer if i can start with you. pete, you were telling me he a little before and i think it would be good for everyone in america to hear what happened that night. >> around seven o'clock i returned home and filled up the generator. and there was no water on the block at all. and we went to the house, we worked the generator and we just going to leave, i have a wife and two children at home, you know, i wasn't going to try to be a hero here. we filled up the generator started getting it running and wires run to the pumps in the basement and 'cause i wanted my tools dry my biggest concern and we brought the generator up and as i was coming i seen my car moving and i thought, that's strange. and i looked out and looked further and realized it was floating. we attempt today leave the house, but the water was just too strong. we went back to the property. and stayed inside the house. and by 7:30, the water was up to our waist, talking over 15 feet high. i said, there's no way we're going to make it through this. i called my wife and said
goodbye. >> jennifer, since that night, you went ahead and rented an apartment and talk to me a little about, tell me about what it was like to try to find an apartment, to rent and your children are young and how are they dealing with all of this? >> well, the biggest thing for us was getting them something normal. we were staying with friends who were so gracious to keep us in their house, they said we could stay as long as we needed, but we needed to have something of our own. we needed some space. i had familiarry in other boroughs less affected, but still affected and helping to find an apartment. there was a gas crisis, couldn't look the at too many because we were on the island and the first apartment that was big enough and would take us, we took it. and we moved in there with air mattresses and garbage bag full of clothes and it's tough. the kids know that their stuff
is gone, but their father is here and that's most important. just trying to find a new normalcy is difficult when i have to tell them everything's going to be okay and i don't know that it will be. >> dana: and then you were saying earlier, pete, about the situation with the insurance company and how you worry about then what is going to happen because you have a mortgage. >> i do. i have a $450,000 mortgage. flood cap set $250,000, that's my flood insurance, it's maxed out. if our home owners doesn't pick up any more, we're bankrupt. you know, we worked our whole lives to where we were i was the first person in my family to own a home. >> dana: and then how, let me talk, i want to get to two segments here, which is great because we're going to get alison and johnnie here, alison tell me about the situation and go in the second block and talk with john and what people can do to help. our family, we did not evacuate because over 31 years that we've been living in that home, there was never really ever a need to leave, so, we
elected to stay. but the wind came, blew the doorjamb open and then, and only then did the flood water come in, and it came up as high as the fourth step to our second floor, so much, i had three sets of china from my mother-in-law and my mom and waterford and so many precious, precious things that are just totally gone, gone, and it never to be able to be had again. and it's just, devastating to my family, to all of us. even extended family members that have been, they just don't know what to do to help us. they don't know what to do. >> and you've experienced so much loss and it's only been five weeks, and we're thankful you're here. and we'll have another segment and get a chance to talk to john as well. he did not just lose his home, he lost his restaurant, too. we'll hear his story when we
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♪ all right thanks >> all right. thanks, welcome back to huckabee. john, you lost your home and your restaurant. where do things stand for you? where do you go from here. i'm going to attempt, attempt to rebuild the restaurant if that's possible. i mean, the home, i can't even think about that, that's gone. i have got so many issues going on, i have to try to get my place back to where it needs to be. you know, you put your body to work, a lifetime, your adult life into something and in a matter of one evening, everything is gone. >> dana: do you feel like you're getting some of the help that you need, that you're starting to get some of the help you need? >> well, i tell what you, the initial help i got were from friends, okay? and they were tremendous,
okay? and they were with me every day and helping me and thank god for that. elected officials, they're trying everything they can do. look, this is a thousand layers of issues and everyone has problems. everyone is trying to do everything they can do to get to us another level, but i think it's going it take time. >> dana: alison, i think you were at that staten island town hall the other night and people, their frustration has gotten to a level where now they're angry. >> yes. >> dana: where do you think they go from here? >> well, the problem is, is that they're inviting us to rebuild, but the problem is, is that the shoreline is so unprotected and basically has been since the nor'easter of 1992. the borough president has said over and over again that there's no funding, the army corps of engineers just can't do anything, but we don't believe that that's true. you know?
they always have funds for everything and it's just, if it takes a declaration of whatever it is to declare what we need to get done, they can fix the shoreline. even if we volunteer as we would ourselves, just give us the supplies to do it and we'll do it, but you know, we're talking a matter of community, of people that have been there, 50, 60, 70 years, i mean, these are our homes, this is where we want to be. we want to go from, you know, just-- we don't want to go anywhere else. we love our community. >> and that's a good point. i was going to ask jennifer and pete. are you able to look past the next couple of weeks? i believe that they have birthdays in december as well as christmas. >> yeah, my son's birthday is wednesday and my daughter's is the 21st, obviously, unplanned around christmas, but you know, we're trying to find something normal. i have a lot of friends and a lot of volunteers help me find a reasonably priced place to
have a birthday party with one week's notice and i've been sending invites via text message, we'll the be the smallest of the parties they had, but i think it may be the most important. >> dana: probably the most important, right. pete, what are you talking about, you lost your tools. are you able to try to build back that inventory? >> you know, i got my first screwdriver the other day and looking at it, af long way to go, my tools are my life. i built that house near scratch and i bought a shack and built it into a mansion in my eyes, you know? >> if you could ask the american people to remember a couple of things about that, john, what would it be? it's been five weeks, and christmas is coming and people move on. what would you like people to know? >> one thing, this country is the greatest country in the world, okay? and we always help other countries, we send money to aid to every country that has
some type of disaster or catastrophe, whether it's haiti, thailand, wherever it may be. we have our own national disaster here. we need help from the government. obama said he wasn't going to leave until we're taken care of, we want to see if that happens. >> dana: that's a good point. alison, anything left to say? >> i agree, i agree. i believe there's money there to fix us and to make us whole. and not even to become whole like we were, just something near, something near and we'll do the rest, but, but to build in an area that is totally unprotected and not to do anything toward that, it's just, it's putting the cart before the horse and it's, we're going to get devastated again. >> well, we're very grateful that you took the time to be with us today and share your stories with us this afternoon. thank you so much. >> thank you. [applause] >> all right, thank you all.
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